Sunday, March 24, 2013

THE MOANING TREE

Redwood Majesty
Redwood Majesty (Photo credit: MizzD)

IT DOESN'T TAKE MUCH OF A BREEZE to get one particular redwood tree to start its mournful song. High up in the redwood canopy, yet unseen from our gaze, two redwoods are leaning upon each other, their wind-born movement sending forth their mournful cry. If it were not for the possibility of one of the trees pushing over the other, their song would be a welcome sound, but alas their song is indicative of a growing problem.

As I listened very early this morning (or was it very late last night) their moaning reminded me of the Apostle Paul’s description of creation. He writes, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.  For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope  that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now.  And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.(Romans 8:18-25)

All creation groans with us, waiting for that great and glorious day when the fullness of our salvation will be realized.  What a day that will be! The redwoods behind my house moan to remind me of the redemption that is coming. Not unlike the heavens which declare the glory of God (Psalm 19) creation around me points to God. And yet without our words the acts of creation would be without a clarifying voice. They are dependent upon you and me to bring a meaningful voice to the moans of the redwoods, the silent  symphony of the heavenly bodies and even the crying-out of the rocks which lay at our feet. (Luke 19:40)

Therefore raise your voice and declare with all creation, “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!”  (Mark 11:9)

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